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NamibRand Nature Reserve

Namibia’s NamibRand Nature Reserve, one of Africa’s largest private nature reserves, lies in one of the naturally darkest (yet accessible) places on Earth. It was established to help protect and conserve the unique ecology and wildlife of the southwest Namib Desert, and its mission now includes preservation of the area’s starry night skies. It shares…read more »

Namibia’s NamibRand Nature Reserve, one of Africa’s largest private nature reserves, lies in one of the naturally darkest (yet accessible) places on Earth. It was established to help protect and conserve the unique ecology and wildlife of the southwest Namib Desert, and its mission now includes preservation of the area’s starry night skies. It shares a 60-mile (100-km) border with Namib-Naukluft National Park to the west and the Nubib mountains to the east. It is financially self-sustaining mainly through low impact tourism fees. “It’s a good place to stargaze because the air is very dry, and human habitation (i.e. light pollution) is minimal.”

Deborah Byrd

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